Nominations are now being accepted for the EQUUS Foundation’s Samantha Calzone Memorial Award. The award recognizes an institution of higher learning offering equine studies and/or equine athletics programs that ensures that the quality of life of its equine partners is paramount.
Equipped with passion, the knowledge arising from her BS in equine studies from the University of Connecticut (UConn) and her Masters from Hartpury University in England, and the leadership skills she gained from serving as Captain of the UConn Equestrian Team, Samantha hoped to dedicate her life to improve the lives of horses.
The EQUUS Foundation established the award as a tribute to Samantha’s life and her everlasting passion for horses.
We hope that Samantha’s legacy will be to inspire others to seek the knowledge that is needed to elevate the equine profession and to ensure that safe environments exist for both horses and people,” said Lynn Coakley, President, EQUUS Foundation.
The EQUUS Foundation Equine Education Network lists the colleges and universities in the United States offering equine academic and athletic programs — with the goal to encourage the pursuit of equine studies at the collegiate level and careers in the equine industry.
The recipient will be selected from among the colleges and universities listed on the Equine Education Network that submit a nomination on or before December 31. The recipient will receive a $2,500 grant from the EQUUS Foundation to be used to specifically underwrite horse care costs such as veterinary, dental, and farrier care, horse feed, supplements, bedding, horse gear, equipment, and supplies as well as alternative treatments and interventions or to assist in re-homing horses when they are no longer able to participate in the institution’s equine studies and/or intercollegiate athletic activities. Up to two $2,500 grants will be awarded annually.
Contribute to the Samantha Calzone Memorial Fund here